Martha began working at Sage House in April 2018 as Head of Care and Activities. Having watched the charity grow over the last few years and working alongside them while chairing the Dementia Action Alliance for Bognor and Chichester she was keen to join to the team of such an innovative service.
As head of our Day Breaks service she will be developing the services we offer throughout the week which allows carers to take time out from their caring roles. She is also managing the community activity provision which provides a wide range of activities for people living with dementia and their carers to take part in together. Martha strives for excellence and delivering quality care for all, which includes developing and supporting the team of support workers at Sage House to offer a first class service. It is her aim that people living with dementia can continue to enjoy life and sharing the stories of lives with others to maintain their identity as the travel through their journey with dementia, and allowing families to take time for themselves and relax knowing that their loved one is safe and well cared for.
Martha has worked in various care settings from the age of 15 (now aged 40!) including the NHS, private care homes and the charity sector and she has supported people aged 18-101. She has a real passion for working with people and learning about their lives. Previously Martha was a care home manager for 10 years and deputy manager in 2 other care homes and has managed day respite provision around West Sussex developing services to meet the needs of people living with dementia and their carers. Having also been a family carer for her Grandad for 2 years, she understands the pressures of caring and balancing work/home life and the importance that respite offers to cares.
Martha has also worked with other organisations in Chichester and Bognor to develop both as dementia friendly communities in the chair role for the Dementia Action Alliance. She has worked with Sussex Police supporting the development of their search and rescue procedures for people with dementia, organised awareness events and a music and memory day to showcase how music can benefit people living with dementia.
She holds a Masters Degree in Dementia Care and a specialism in Learning Disabilities and Dementia Care and Registered Manager Award. Martha also has a Post Graduate Certificate in Adult Education and developed bespoke training programmes in dementia care. She has won three awards in Dementia Care Provision and Training and Development and has also completed courses in dementia massage, laughter therapy and therapeutic physical activities for people with dementia.